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Highlights
  • Dance salsa with the locals
  • Walk in che guevara's footsteps
  • Gain insight on cuban life at "casa particular" stays
  • Explore breathtaking beaches

The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues – get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba! Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets. Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled – dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

Trip Description
Cuba Colonial
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Cuba Colonial

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The CEO November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Perfect! Best holiday ever.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Everything is organised for you, so you can spend your time enjoying every minute of your holiday and the trip October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was an excellent way to see and experience Cuba!

Operator G Adventures

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I have done G Adventure trips twice and feel they provide a really good experience September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
a balanced mix of doing your own thing and having the support of a group

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

It's the best way to travel in a country where you don't speak the language and the culture is so different. You don't have to worry about finding accommodation or arranging transport, and you are able to discover so many different destinations and get a genuine feel for the country you are travelling in. You also get to meet so many great people who are part of the group, which I really enjoyed. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was genuinely the best trip I have ever been on. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone and everyone I know. Ivan, the CEO, was brilliant, the itinerary was rich and interesting, and I would happily do it again!
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Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

I like this style of travel and this tour was very well organised May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This tour covered most of what I wanted to see in Cuba, specifically its history. The group size was prefect with a good mix of people and the whole tour went without a hitch (as far as I knew!).

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

Check into the hotel and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement (70 USD per person or equivalent in your booking currency) to receive the service. Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Havana/Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the cradle of the Revolution and home of traditional son rhythms. Opt to visit museums, colonial churches and buildings like the Moncada Barracks. Santiago has a vibrant traditional music scene that will entice even the shyest dancer out to experiment with some salsa moves. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Plane

Day 3 Santiago de Cuba (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Santiago. Opt to listen to live music at the Casa de la Trova. Explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks.

Day 4 Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa (1B)

The best way to get around this colonial town, situated on the bay with mountains towering in the background, is on foot and with 2 1/2 days to explore the area, there's plenty of time to see it all. Wander the malecón (boardwalk) and visit the forts built to defend the city from pirates. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Days 5-6 Baracoa

Take some time to visit the city then head further afield to the mountains or visit the striking black sand beaches. Playa Maguana and the smaller Playa Nava are both nearby and accessible by bike or taxi. Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt is approximately 40 km outside of town and well worth a visit.

Day 7 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba (1B)

Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for one more night before continuing west. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Santiago de Cuba/Camagüey (1B)

Your journey will continue west across the Carretera Central to Camagüey, the third largest city on island. It retains much of its colonial heritage in its buildings, plazas and its tinajones, large clay pots traditionally used in Spain and in its New World colonies for collecting rain water. Explore the narrow winding streets and impressive sites. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Camagüey/Trinidad

Enjoy the beautiful scenery continuing on to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to lovely Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is a hub of cultural activity, never out of earshot from a group of musicians playing local salsa or son. Enjoy an included salsa lesson during your time in Trinidad. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Salsa Lesson Transport: Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad. Private Vehicle

Day 10 Trinidad (1B, 1D)

For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón. Enjoy a local meal together with one of the host families on Day 10 or 11.

Day 11 Trinidad (1B)

Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.

Day 12 Trinidad/Santa Clara (1B)

Continue on to Santa Clara, a key city in the revolution. Santa Clara is probably best known for its statue of Che Guevara at the Plaza de la Revolución. The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia are interred in the mausoleum at this site. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Santa Clara/Havana (1B)

Journey back to the capital and enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. Opt to visit museums, tour the city by vintage car or attend a cabaret performance at the Tropicana. Included Activities: Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 Havana (1B)

Enjoy a full free day to get exactly what you want out of Havana.

Day 15 Havana (1B)

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,949

Price Per Day:

$ 130 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Hands-On: Salsa Lesson
  • Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Castillo del Morro entrance and visit
  • Orientation walks in Santiago de Cuba
  • Baracoa
  • Camagüey
  • and Trinidad
  • Beach time in Baracoa
  • Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit
  • Old Havana walking tour
  • Free time in Santiago de Cuba
  • Trinidad
  • and Havana
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle, plane, walking.
Local Flights If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts).
Accommodation on this trip is mostly, if not entirely, in 'casas particulares', the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. Casas are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities. Utilizing the local accommodation puts you closer to the Cuban people and lifestyle and often provides a higher standard of service and comfort than in a hotel.
Start City
Havana
End City
Havana
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

MEDICAL TRAVEL INSURANCE From 01 May 2010 all tourists entering Cuba will require “Medical Travel Insurance” that is on a Government approved list. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be forced to purchase a Government approved policy on arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and it is likely the rates for these polices will be inflated compared to what you may purchase in advance from home. G Adventures issues insurance policies at competitive rates, and our insurance provider has been confirmed as recognized by Cuban officials. If you would like peace-of-mind and to purchase insurance from G Adventures, please contact our reservations team on 1800 465 5600 (from North America), or 08444 101030 (from the UK) or 39413 5820 (from Australia) or travel@gadventures.com

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. Resorts, hotels, and government-run restaurants are notorious for mediocre buffets and subpar food quality, but at casas and locally run restaurants you get the chance to taste real Cuban cuisine. Options may not be as diverse as back home, but you can expect to have simple, good, quality food. Based on Cuba's economic situation, there may be fluctuations in food supply and there are occasionally shortages of certain ingredients – which provides a great opportunity to try something new! Cubans rarely uses spices for cooking, so it's recommended to bring some of your favourite spices or hot sauce for a bit of added punch.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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